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Rockets vs. Mavericks NBA playoffs game thread: The time is now

The Rockets can take a commanding lead tonight at the Toyota Center

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Rockets have the chance to do something they haven't done in a very long time: go up 2-0 on a playoff opponent.

The Rockets haven't been out of the first round for more than five years. They haven't been to the conference championships in two decades. The team that showed up at Toyota Center on Saturday night can do both of those things (we can say this knowing James Harden can play better and Dwight Howard can play longer).

Tonight is the chance to back that up. Anybody can win one playoff game, play one good 48 minutes. The Rockets need to show they can do it again and again. I think they can, and I know they think they can. Let's prove it, and take a 2-0 series lead back up to Dallas.